Winthrop Harbor Annulment Lawyer
When a couple makes the difficult decision of ending their marriage, one of the options is to get an annulment. It can be a long, time-consuming, and complicated process, but with the help of our Winthrop Harbor annulment lawyers, the process can be easier and less stressful. You can reach out to us, and we’ll do our best to give you the right legal advice and, after that, the best legal representation in court.
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The Definition of Annulment
According to Illinois law, an annulment is a declaration of the invalidity of a couple’s marriage. It comes in the form of a court order which states that the couple’s marriage is no longer valid and will not be recognized by the state anymore. It’s an entirely different process from divorce and legal separation. If a couple wants an annulment, it means that they want to get out of an invalid marriage legally. Unlike divorce, it’s not a way to end a marriage, but it’s a way to invalidate a marriage and establish that in a public record. An annulment is not subject to divorce laws, but the process has its legal requirements that both parties must fulfill. An annulment’s legal requirements vary depending on the state.
Acceptable Reasons to File for Annulment
These are the only valid reasons that the Illinois court will accept if you decide to file for an annulment:
1. One party cannot consent to the marriage due to any of the following reasons:
a. Mental Disability
b. Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol
c. Duress, Force, or Fraud
2. One party cannot engage in sexual intercourse, and the other party was unaware of this fact during the wedding ceremony.
3. During the wedding ceremony, one party was under the age of 18 and didn’t have consent from a parent, legal guardian, or court.
4. The marriage between the two parties is considered illegal due to any of the following reasons:
a. One party was previously married to another person and still legally married to the person at the time of the marriage.
b. The two parties are closely related by blood or adoption.
The Differences between Annulment and Divorce
Annulment is a way to get out of an invalid marriage while a divorce is filed to end a marriage. It’s easier to get a divorce because annulments have stricter requirements and time limits. Unlike divorce, annulments don’t have court-ordered payments and won’t force former couples to divide their properties.
Annulment Time Limits to Consider
If you’re planning to file for an annulment, time is of the essence since the process has specific time limits. To file for an annulment, you only have 90 days from the day you found out about any of the following:
- One of the parties was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the marriage.
- One of the parties was forced into marriage.
- One of the parties was mentally impaired when the marriage took place.
If a minor child got married without parental consent, the parent could file for an annulment before the child turns 18. On the other hand, you have one year (from the time that you knew about it) to file for an annulment if your spouse is unable to have sexual intercourse. There are no time limits for marriages prohibited by law and if one party was already married to someone else at the time of the marriage.
Why John Buchmiller & Associates is The Best Choice for Legal Services
Our law office in Winthrop Harbor, IL, can help you consider your options, build your case, and eventually file for an annulment. Our lawyers are experts in the field and dedicated to representing clients in the best possible way in court hearings and legal meetings. We can help you get through this long and complicated process with ease.
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Dealing with annulment is never easy, especially when it comes to legal matters. Our Winthrop Harbor annulment lawyers can help you deal with your annulment case in an easier, quicker, and less stressful way. We offer free consultations for prospective clients because we want to hear you out and give you the best possible legal advice for your situation.
Call John Buchmiller & Associates at (312) 313-9578 now to get a free consultation with one of our Annulment lawyers!